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[Spacer] [Navy - 1K] Henry Howard Herrin, Jr.
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  • Name: Henry Howard Herrin, Jr.
  • Rank/Branch: E7/US Navy
    (Promoted to E8 while in Missing status.)
  • Unit: Heavy Photographic Squadron 61, USS ORISKANY (CVA-34)
  • Date of Birth: 18 March 1933
  • Home City of Record: West Springfield MA
  • Date of Loss: 01 January 1968
  • Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
  • Loss Coordinates: 0174000N 1071000E (YE298544)
  • Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
  • Category: 5
  • Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA3B
  • Other Personnel in Incident: James Dennison; Terrence Hanley (missing)
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    SYNOPSIS: The A3 Skywarrior is a three-place light bomber, reconnaisance plane,
    electronic warfare craft or aerial tanker, depending upon its outfitting.  The RA3B was
    a more powerful version of the original A3 and outfitted for reconnaisance missions.  Its
    armament usually consisted of a pair of 20mm cannons in a remotely controlled tail turret.

    Chief Petty Officer Henry H. Herrin was a photographer's mate aboard an RA3B
    aircraft flown by LTCDR James R. Dennison and co-pilot LTJG Terrence H. Hanley
    ssigned a mission over North Vietnam.  Their plan was to fly from the U.S. Naval Air
    Station, Cubi Point, Philippines to their target area and then recover at Da Nang Air
    Base, South Vietnam for refueling and return trip.  The mission was for surveillance
    of the enemy lines of communication to determine truck traffic.  The mission was flown
    under radio silence, but was under surveillance by an airborne radar control aircraft.

    Emergency egress is accomplished by sliding down a chute in the bottom of the aircraft.
    All crewmembers were equipped with survival radios and survival kits containing flare
    pencils.  The aircraft flew out to sea approximately 20 miles and turned southeast.  No
    further contact was made with the aircraft.

    An intensive search and rescue operation was called in consisting of surface units,
    helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.  It was terminated with negative results.  The area in
    which the aircraft was lost was one heavily traveled by aircraft, fishing junks and coastal

    All three men were placed in Missing In Action status, which was maintained until after
    the war ended.

    The crew of the RA3B downed that day in January 1968 may not have survived, but
    evidence continues to mount that some of their comrades did - and are currently being
    held prisoner in Southeast Asia.

    The ultimate sacrifice of our nation's youth - their lives - is tainted so long as even one
    American fighting man is held against his will.  For the sake of the living, and the honor
    of the dead, these men must be brought home.

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